ERIC Number: ED404488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Critical Thinking, Developmental Learning, and Adaptive Flexibility in Organizational Leaders.
Duchesne, Robert E., Jr.
A study examined how developmental learning and adaptive flexibility relate to critical thinking though a survey of 119 organizational leaders (of 341) who had attended a 5-day Leadership Development Program. A questionnaire adapted from the Center for Creative Leadership's Job Challenge Profile measured developmental learning, the Adaptive Style Profile measured adaptive flexibility, and the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal measured critical thinking. The study also identified factors that describe the nature of developmental learning factors perceived to be most significant to leadership development. Results showed years of education to be the only significant predictor of critical thinking. Adaptive flexibility scores indicated minimal levels of reflective observation. The factor analysis of developmental learning experiences identified the following factors that characterized developmental learning: career crisis, high stakes, management development opportunities, reduction decisions, mentor or role model, and discrimination. A revised model was developed that more accurately depicted the developmental learning process of leaders through workplace learning experiences. The model consisted of two paths: a confirmatory relearning path corroborating an existing model of learning and a developmental learning path resulting in a revised model of meaning. (Contains 57 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Charlotte, NC, October 1996).